Nobody ever said that body ink was a men’s-only club. Indeed, with so many amazing female artists out there, it was only a matter of time before ladies took over some of the top spots in the tattoo industry. There are more women in the tattoo business than ever, and their unique talents are becoming sought after by body ink enthusiasts. Some of the best artists out there ranging in style from portraits to classic to fine art are women. Here are the top five women in the field.
Kat von D
Kat is the most famous woman tattooing today. Her reality show, LA Ink, consistently garners high ratings, and she has been a professional inker since she was sixteen years old. She began her career at Inland Empire’s Sin City Tattoo, and now displays her work at her own shop in West Hollywood.
Pat practices her art in Santa Barbara, CA. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and documentaries and she is a regular at tattooing conventions. She specializes in Celtic designs and Pictish art. Her mentor was Irish body inker Cliff Raven. Pat is also a featured artist and member of the National Tattoo Association.
Kate is world-renowned and has spread her work around from New York to Utah, California, Pennsylvania and Hawaii. She earned her stripes in Los Angeles and now is the owner of Shanghai Kate’s Tattoos in Austin, TX. She has worked with many famous names in the industry such as Ed Hardy, Sailor Jerry Collins and Jack Rudy.
Kate was one of the council members for the first ever body ink convention in Hawaii, way back in 1972. Her work has been featured on television and in major magazines. She is a writer for several industry periodicals including “Skin and Ink” and “International Tattoo Art.”
Jen began her career as a tattooist while serving in the Air Force about fifteen years ago. She has won awards for her art and is the owner of Grinn and Barrett in Omaha, NE. Her shop was named Best Tattoo Studio in 2009.
Jen’s work has been featured in many industry rags such as “International Skin Shots,” “Savage,” “Tattoo Revival,” and many others. She has gained local, national and international acclaim and notoriety. She specializes in portrait pieces with vibrant colors, and in black-and-white photorealistic tattoos. She also prides herself on thinking outside the box when it comes to cover-ups.
Margaret studies fine arts and anthropology and is renowned not only for her incredible tattoo artistry, but for her fine art oil paintings. She has worked with industry greats Randy Gardner (under whom she apprenticed), Mike Brown and Trevor Marshall.
While she has worked at many shops all over the nation, she currently owns Studio 258 in Hickory, NC. Patrons of the shop may be interested to know that Margaret’s daughters Virginia and Rebecca have inherited her talents and also work in the shop.
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